If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedures and requirements for exporting animals, animal products, or to obtain a zoosanitary certificate for an animal product, you should contact the VS Field Office covering the area from where the product will be exported (or the area in which your office is located).

Animal Products

Live Animals

Korea - Summary of Requirements


Multiple animals may be recorded on one health certificate.



* A health certificate for this commodity can also be generated through the Veterinary Export Health Certificate System (https://pcit.aphis.usda.gov/pcit/). 


  • Equine - Import health requirement - October 2015 (pdf 40kb)
  • Equine semen - Health certificate (pdf 34kb)
  • Facility approval is required by Korean government 



  • Swine- Health Certificate - September 2014 (pdf 79kb)

Informative notes:

  • After arrival in the Republic of Korea, the swine will undergo a 15 day quarantine and novel influenza A (H1N1 and H3N2v) antigen testing.
  • The sample health certificate is required to be used.


Other Animals


No requirements for importation, unless the species to be exported requires a CITES permit. If a CITES permit is needed, the importer should acquire an import permit from Korea’s Ministry of Environment.

Pets (Dogs/Cats)

For additional information please visit the QIA web-site:


To enter Korea, pets (including military pets/dogs) must be current on their rabies vaccine (given at least 30 days prior to arrival in Korea), have an ISO-compliant microchip, receive a rabies-neutralization antibody test (0.5 IU/ml or higher), and be accompanied by a valid health certificate including government endorsement. For pets less than 90 days old, no vaccination against rabies or rabies neutralization antibody test is needed but a valid endorsed health certificate is still required.

The rabies neutralization antibody test and the microchip implantation can be done upon arrival in Korea. If a microchip or rabies test is needed upon arrival, pets will be quarantined and tested at the owner’s expense. Even in this case, the pet must travel with a valid USDA endorsed health certificate.

Please note: If your pet’s microchip and rabies titer test results have been completed in the U.S. but are not documented on the official health certificate issued in the U.S., your pet may be quarantined and re-tested by Korea at your expense.

For military personnel traveling under official orders, you can find additional information at: http://www.korea.amedd.army.mil/veterinary/index.html

For species not listed, the requirements are not known. However, exporters wanting to ship livestock or germplasm whose requirements are not listed in the IREGS, should have the interested party (importer/buyer) in the country of destination apply for an Import Permit at the appropriate ministry. This Import Permit will most likely outline the specific requirements.

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